From wearables at the work floor it is but a small step to look at implantables. This topic was handed to us by one of you viewers! Thanks for the idea. We look at what an implantable is and how it has a place in the IoT category.
The technological speed that is happening in the medical world around implantables is huge. New stuff is happening there and a great example is a tiny pacemaker attached directly to the heart, lasting for 10+ years. The step to consumer products is big. Battery life for simple implantables is simply too short.
We look at the case where a fitness tracker can implanted in your foot. Communication done through optics. Charging of the implantable in your foot can be done with a shoe (just like EarPods are charged inside their case). Maybe a shoe can contain a mechanism that charges the foot implantable while running or walking. In this case we can add connectivity like bluetooth to an implantable and still keep on using it more then a couple of months.
Implantables are IoT devices but it needs some time to become a mainstream consumer product.
About Tom Van de Ven
Tom van de Ven is active in the field of High Tech testing for 15 years. As a High Tech test expert he is a frequently asked sparring partner for Sogeti High Tech customers with regard to starting/professionalizing test projects. Besides a multitude of test assignments (eg. in the field of healthcare, semiconductors, agriculture and automotive) he is an active member of the Sogeti High Tech Test Competence Centre and a speaker for High Tech seminars. Tom uses his experience in a role as a coach for (starting) High Tech test engineers and is constantly looking for improvements in High Tech test methodologies. He is the author of the book that combines Internet of Things and TMap: IoTMap!!!. He also teaches and develops several testing courses in the embedded and high tech domain. If not teaching, testing a tunnel or promoting “Quick Tech Testing” you can find him setting up a high tech test automation framework for the odd customer.
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